Electoral Commission

Ialibu-Pangia gears up for Prime Minister’s nomination

O’Neill is in Mendi and is expected to arrive anytime soon. People have lined the road with placards, banners, painted vehicles all showing support for the Prime Minister and his PNC Party.

O’Neill nominates in Pangia today to retain his Ialibu-Pangia seat. It is too early to know how many candidates will be contesting in this electorate.

 Loop PNG will provide the complete information of the number of candidates running against the Prime Minister by the close of nomination next week.

NCD security operations in full swing

Police have started since early this morning as the signing of the writs will take place at the Government House today.

Security is being guaranteed by police that there will be no disruption today before, during and after the opening of the nominations and signing of the writs.

According to NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Ben Turi, more than a thousand officers are ready to provide security starting today and onwards into the campaigning, polling and counting periods.

The general public is advised to be security conscious and observant as today’s event unfolds.

Candidates must have respect for community

NCD Metropolitan police commander Ben Turi stated this when he called on all NCD regional and open intending candidates to abide by rules and regulations during the election period.Turi spoke with Loop PNG about election operations in place, in anticipation of the start of nominations this Thursday (April 20) in the nation’s capital.

He made special mention on the scrutineers and supporters that frequent the streets in trucks with loud hailers, calling on them to be mindful of the times that they carry out this form of campaigning.

Police operation for NCD Elections on track

The NCD metropolitan police commander Ben Turi has given this assurance when confirming with PNG Loop that his 1,700 police personnel are on standby to deliver the operations.

He says that all NCD polling booths have been confirmed with his operations staff with scheduled personnel to be assigned to man them.

“There will be a minimum of ten officers stationed at the polling sites,” he adds.

Election ballot papers arrive in PNG

The election materials were printed in Indonesia.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato confirmed to Loop PNG that “ballot papers arrived on Tuesday and have been cleared.

 “They will be under tight guard by Police and Army in a secured place.”

Because of the security protocol, the PNG Electoral Commission will not disclose the location where the ballot papers are being kept for safe keeping for voting in June.   

PNG elections unconventional: Dr Gelu

Dr Gelu said it is influenced by the environment and culture of the people.  

“Our systems of elections in PNG are still very much influence by factors that are clearly unconventional, factors that are illegal and truly undemocratic.”

Dr Gelu was speaking on Tuesday, to journalists attending a media election training workshop conducted by the PNG Electoral Commission (PNGEC) and Australian Electoral Commission.        

He said the conduct of election is the core business of PNGEC.

Media urged to report facts during National Elections

That was an appeal from deputy Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai.

He was speaking at the PNG Electoral Commission run-election training for journalist.

"Media play a crucial role in keeping the necessary checks and balances and I believe you will do the same for the 2017 National Elections to ensure there is transparency and integrity in the whole election process," Sinai said.

"This is because misreporting and misinformation can lead to unrest and violence."

Parties to be served copies of OC reference

The Speaker of Parliament, the Attorney General, Electoral Commission and chairman of the Constitutional Law and Reforms Commission, are to be served the reference by February 16.

The Commission must serve the reference on the four parties, including an application seeking interim orders. If these parties are interested in the reference, they are to file responding statements by February 21.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia issued the directions to Ombudsman Commission’s counsel Dr Vergil Narokobi today.

Basil: PM is not telling the truth

Basil said: “We understand that the Prime Minister is directly controlling Electoral Commission.

“The proposed amendments regarding the National Elections that came before Parliament are not from the Electoral Commissioner, it’s from the Prime Minister himself and the ruling Party.

“We believe that the Prime Minister is behind the printing of ballot papers overseas.”

Meantime, Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato recently confirmed with Loop PNG that their staff are supervising the printing in Indonesia and it is under control.

Polye calls for transparent elections

Polye made the call when responding to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s call on politicians to let Gamato carry out his constitutional duties in handling the election.

 He said the Commissioner’s conduct so far had proved that he was not discharging his constitutional duties independently as he should have been.

Polye said he has only been guiding the Electoral Commissioner to perform his constitutional duties to deliver a free and fair election.

He said Gamato’s conduct has already started the process of rigging the election process.